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Apple's online storefront went down late Thursday in preparation of its annual Black Friday sale, which is expected to bring moderate savings on some of the company's most popular products.

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Apple first sent emails teasing the upcoming sale on Monday, but the company has yet no name which models will be discounted and at what price.

A number of certified resellers have also announced deep discount pricing on Macs, iPads and software, including an already-launched sale by MacMall. Big-box retailer Best Buy is offering a $50 gift card with the purchase of any new iPod Touch, while Target is giving away $80 gift cards with every iPad (excluding the iPad mini).

For more information on the most current deals, visit AppleInsider's price guide.

Update: The online store is back online advertising the following deals:
  • Macs
  • MacBook Pro with Retina Display - From $1598
  • MacBook Pro - From $1098
  • MacBook Air - From $898

  • iPad
  • iPad with Retina Display - From $458
  • iPad 2 - From $368

  • iPods
  • iPod touch - From $268
  • iPod touch (4th gen) - From $178
  • iPod nano - From $138

  • AirPort and Time Capsule
  • AirPort Express - $88
  • AirPort Extreme - $158
  • Time Capsule - From $278

Accessories
Various iPad, iPod and Mac accessories from $7 to $11 off regular prices.

The dedicated webpage for the specials can be found here.
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Wouldn't it be great if they had both 21.5" and 27" iMac's for purchase tomorrow?

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I've been waiting since 2006. Mine's ancient by most standards 1biggrin.gif
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I don't understand why the Store goes down for so long. You'd think in today's world, Apple would have everything ready before the magic time and would just have to flip a switch for the changes to go live. 

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I don't understand why the Store goes down for so long. You'd think in today's world, Apple would have everything ready before the magic time and would just have to flip a switch for the changes to go live. 

One hypothesis I have is that it builds suspense thereby creating free marketing. It's 11pm at night on Thanksgiving evening and we're discussing the article about it on a forum.

That said, they also bring it down for what turns out to be routine maintenance on weekends in the middle of the night. That doesn't scuttle my hypothesis but it does mean there is likely something else going on, like some archaic software for their system. Amazon can have its prices change with every refresh so why can't Apple.
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I've been waiting since 2006. Mine's ancient by most standards 1biggrin.gif

There was a 2006?

When the hell did this happen?
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No deals on mini, only $31-41 off on regular falls short to last year's $50. Does Apple hired Scrooge McDuck? 1confused.gif
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Originally Posted by GTR View Post
There was a 2006?
When the hell did this happen?

 

Back in aught five, roundabout December.


Originally Posted by Andrey View Post
Does Apple hired Scrooge McDuck?

 

1000

 

Tim McCook, you mean. Apple has done this as their Black Friday deal since time immemorial. If it's a shock to someone, they need to get over it.

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Tim McCook, you mean. Apple has done this as their Black Friday deal since time immemorial. If it's a shock to someone, they need to get over it.

It seems the desirability of the discounts has gone down. It might be to appease third party retailers. Being a retailer and a distributor can put you in an awkward position.
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Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post
It seems the desirability of the discounts has gone down. It might be to appease third party retailers. Being a retailer and a distributor can put you in an awkward position.

 

The resellers always have better deals, year-round. Apple shouldn't short their one day of the year when you can get a BTO Mac for crazy less.

 

AND WHAT'S WITH THE MAC MINI NOT GETTING A DEAL?! They never give it one. It's left out of the "free iPod/iTunes gift card" deal for B2S, it's left out of Black Friday…

 

I think they should have discounted the iMac. Still have no way to buy one, but discount it. lol.gif

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